Presidential debates have been sponsored for years by a nonprofit commission overseen by both sides. They’re usually pretty steady – in part because of all the conditions that each campaign usually sets. It’s pretty obvious that Trump thinks Biden has lost a step, an impression he thinks he can convey to Americans with his burned-out country debate strategy. But Biden himself is not a bad debater – although he never reached top form during the debate on Democratic campaigns, he performed strongly in the vice presidential debates while on Barack Obama’s map.
Trump’s gambit poses an interesting challenge for Biden. If he refuses to roll a series of debates, Trump will argue that Biden can’t stand the heat and wants to stay in his basement until November. But why would Biden’s camp relate to Giuliani – his old former rival
, who stepped on Ukraine to investigate false allegations of corruption against him? And tactically, why give Trump more opportunities to fight at the level?
If Trump wanted to play fair, he would not have chosen Giuliani. Involvement in a reckless pro-Trump street fighter suggests that the goal is less to accept a traditional public exercise in democracy, and more as just another aid scheme to make Biden look bad.
“Do you have the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”
The Supreme Court blocked that court on Thursday An attempt by the Trump administration to stop the delayed action due to childish arrivals
, which protects against the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people who were illegally brought to the United States as children. The decisive factor was the vote in judgment five or four conservative Chief Justice John Roberts
, who expressed an opinion. “We are not deciding whether DACA or its calming is a healthy policy,” Roberts wrote. “The ‘wisdom’ of these decisions ‘is not our concern.’ We only deal with whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement to provide a reasoned explanation of its actions. “
But Trump, who was recently disappointed by SCOTUS ’second ruling against employment discrimination against LGBTQ people, seems to have taken it personally. “Do you have the impression that the Supreme Court does not like me?
he tweeted Thursday.
Postcard from Delhi
The deadliest conflict
between Indian and Chinese troops since 1975 took place this week in a remote valley in the Himalayas. Until last week, both countries appeared to be trying to ease tensions along the disputed border in the area. But Monday’s gruesome fight between border troops proves how quickly unresolved issues between neighboring giants can become deadly.
It all started with a tent, a source in the Indian Armed Forces tells me. Chinese troops erected a shelter on the disputed land, and Indian soldiers and the commander dismantled it, the source said, adding that Chinese troops had left – but returned that day with reinforcements, armed with stones and bamboo poles with cracked nails. No firearms are carried Chinese or Indian troops
along the Sino-Indian border.
They fought for at least four hours, the source said, in a bloody fight in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. A statement from the Indian military mentions casualties on both sides, although China has not acknowledged any deaths on its side. (CNN did not independently confirm the details of the conflict.)
Thirty-six hours later, Indian populist Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not hold a public protest. “Why is the prime minister silent. Why is he hiding? Enough is enough. We need to know what happened,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi, a senior member of India’s main opposition party. But on Wednesday afternoon, Modi drew a line in the sand:
“India wants peace,” he said, “but it is capable of giving a good answer when challenged.” The sacrifice of Indian soldiers would not go in vain, he added.
Here’s Modi’s dilemma: Taking bold diplomatic or economic action against China could lose border negotiations – but little or no action could spur attempts to invade China and further upset Modi’s domestic support.
Here in New Delhi, 60 people, including veterans, protested in front of the Chinese embassy. Covered posters and visual images of the Chinese president have burned in some parts of the country. As of Wednesday, #BoycottChina and #GoChina in India are on twitter. Demand for Chinese applications and goods is growing. And there are strong noises about the termination of Chinese contracts in the telecommunications and railway sectors. Blinded by nationalist feelings, the basic fact that China is one of India’s largest trading partners
is overlooked by sneezing Indians.
Opposing China’s relentless attempts at regional hegemony is now one of the biggest challenges Modi faces in his second term, especially after informal summits with Xi Jinping in Wuhan and South India failed to bridge the confidence deficit at the border shared by the two nuclear powers. – writes in the meantime CNN’s Vedika Sud from New Delhi